To some extent, William Colin Snavely's Diagram of Suburban Chaos pseudonym was a harmless take on the work of previous IDM pioneers. While Snavely appeared to be part of America and Britain's slow swell back to suburban apologia, the music itself suffocated beats in a very familiar way, arranging and rearranging the tenets of glitch too modestly to properly counterpoint the melancholic, urban feel of old IDM records. The strongest element of Status Negatives was its use of layered melodies, such as in "dermian," which combined the harmless and the hostile in ways that would fit nicely inside Pub's Do You Ever Regret Pantomine or the better parts of Boards of Canada's Geogaddi.
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AllMusic Review by Dean Carlson